Corner Pocket Saloon
The piece of crap had been repeating the same song over and over again for nearly an hour. Somebody had to do something about it. A pissy-looking bar-back came out from behind the bar to fix the machine, giving Eddie an annoyed glance.
"Thank you," he said, in a kind of mocking tone. "Now, what were we talking about?"
I was busy looking around at all the other patrons, who were staring at Eddie and I. I snapped out of my daze when Eddie punched my shoulder to get my attention.
"Shit, chill out." I gave him an annoyed look. "I don't know what we were talking about."
We sat in silence for a second, and refilled our mugs with cold Icehouse from the pitcher. We were in a small poolhall downtown called Corner Pocket Saloon. It was a decent hang-out with cheap beer and decent pool tables, but it always lacked pretty girls. "Why do we always come here?"
Eddie gave me a funny look. "What are you talking about, this is my first time --"
"It wouldn't matter what bar or club you went to anyways, Johnny", the bartender replied, as he refilled our pitcher. I was wondering why we could never finish the pitcher...
"Yeah, you are right about that Ray, sadly." Eddie looked confused. "Oh yeah, Ray, this is Eddie. Eddie, Ray."
"Nice to meet you," Ray said, shaking Eddie's hand.
"Why wouldn't it matter what bar we went to?" Eddie asked.
I took a large sip of my beer and patted Eddie on the back. "Because, Eddie, every guy in this god-forsaken town is scouting the bars and clubs, and every girl is with one of them."
"There's got to be some single girls out there, somewhere." He seemed hurt by my comment, like I had just bashed one of his dreams.
"Well, there are some. It's up to you though... How hard do you feel like working to find one. Hahah!" Ray said, laughing as he wiped down the bar and went to serve another customer.
"How much is this going to cost, anyways?" Eddie asked, downing the last of his mug.
"Four dollars," I replied. He was confused again. "They don't charge me for refills."
"Why, because you're a regular?" questioned Eddie.
"No, because my last name is Pockets."